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Review for Self-Help International, Waverly, IA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

In a rural village in Ghana, where nearly every household is food insecure and 1/3 of preschool children are stunted from chronic undernutrition, a new integrated program for the first 1000 days of life from conception to 2 years; Growing Healthy Food, Growing Healthy Children, is improving growth patterns and food security. The staff of Self Help Ghana includes nutritionists, agriculturists, and micro-credit experts to work closely with the women to help with the agricultural advice and inputs to increase food production for pregnancy and weaning including high protein porridge, orange flesh sweet potatoes, and poultry production to provide an egg a day for the children. Micro-credit experts help women learn to earn and manage resources. As a Self Help Board member, and a retired member of a land-grant nutrition department, I am impressed with the results with the mothers and babies, the dedication of Self- Help staff in Ghana, and how this organization carefully manages its funds to "alleviate hunger by helping people help themselves."

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